In re: Duterte Rape Joke

I wanted to get off the political talks, but I can’t keep quiet about this.
Yes, Duterte is effective in Davao, and I think that his effectiveness should be acknowledged. But I think we should stop making excuses for people.
 
Rape jokes are NEVER okay. It brings horror to victims, and it destroys lives. I will not vote for a president who thinks that it is okay to make rape jokes because we as a people and we as a nation still believe that the victims are to blame for their rape, and until that changes, this misogynistic culture will never move forward.
 
It’s time to give the blame where it’s due: RAPISTS ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE TO BLAME. RAPE SHOULD NEVER BE THE VICTIM’S FAULT.
 
Until we can teach children that the boys are supposed to control their perverted, sexual minds instead condemning girls and labeling them as sluts for the way they dress, we are never going to go forward.
 
Having a president who makes rape jokes in public will only reinforce the thought that rape is the victim’s fault. That rape in some forms are okay. That rape is forgivable. That rape is not a big deal. That rape is just… rape.
IT. IS. NOT.
 
All around the world, women had to fight for their rights for so long — to have their own rights and to be treated as equals, to vote, to get educated. Women have fought so valiantly to get to where they are now, so if you are a woman who thinks that rape jokes are okay, and that rape is forgivable, and that rape victims are the ones to blame for their unfortunate fates, you are part of what is wrong in this country.
 
And for that, I am ashamed.
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